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A Look Back: 1961-62 Corrigan Bulldogs athletics


By Beverly Cockrell

Without a doubt, the Corrigan High athletes of 1961-62 earned a piece of the legacy of success of which Corrigan boasts a long history. Interestingly enough, however, their success that year did not include the football team that completed the year with a 4-6 record. That year it was the success of the basketball and track teams that stood out. The CHS boys' varsity basketball team included that year Carl Edison, William "Buster" Pullen, Sam Watson, Luther Cockrell, Milton Bell, Michael Pullen, Bobby Thompson and George Matthews. Their coach was Glenn Cross, a Corrigan High alumnus. The 1962 yearbook recounts the team's season in a summary which stated, "With Glenn Cross as coach for the second year, the 1961-62 Bulldogs completed the season with 15 wins and 9 losses. The Bulldogs had one of the best teams in the school's history. With George Matthews, 6'4" and Bobby Thompson, 6'6", the opponents were dealt much misery. To round out the team, Luther Cockrell was our rebound artist. Carl Edison and Sam Watson were our guards with a keen eye for the basket. The Bulldogs won a trophy at Tarkington Tournament by defeating Leggett and West Hardin." As well, there was the girls' basketball squad. Although there is no mention of their record, CHS had two outstanding players who were honored that year. Sadie Henderson was honored that year as All-District Forward and Robbie Maxey (Mrs. Parrish at the elementary) was named All-District Guard. The CHS 1962 boys' track team was also a huge part of the success of the athletic program that year. Senior George Matthews won first place in the 880 and discus; he won second in the high jump, 440 relay, and mile relay. He completed at regionals and placed second in the 880, fifth in discuss, and sixth in the mile relay. At state, George placed seventh in the 880. Senior William "Buster" Pullen placed third in the discus. Senior Sam Watson placed first in district in the pole vault and low hurdles, fourth in shot, second in the 440 and mile relay. At regional, Sam placed third in pole vault and sixth in the mile relay. Senior Robert King placed sixth in shot at district. Senior Luther Cockrell place fifth in broad jump at district. Junior Robert Day also had an outstanding track year winning fourth in the 220, second in 440 relay, and second in mile relay at district. At regionals, Day help take a sixth place spot. Sophomore Anthony Page placed third in high hurdles and fourth in low hurdles at district. Sophomore Kenneth Saxon help take second in the 440 relay and sixth in broad jump at district. Freshman Jimmy Skinner took second in the 220 dash and in the mile relay at district while his classmate, freshman Ronnie Smith placed sixth in the high hurdles and sixth in the low hurdles. The remainder of the track squad that year included Junior Paul Mullins and Freshman Lynn Chandler and David Ferry.


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